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News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Comment

Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Terraces resident celebrates a century of life

Photo Eren Goknar/Special To The Town Crier

Terraces at Los Altos resident Kiyoko Kaneko, known as “Kiyo” to friends, turned 100 Sept. 3.

She outlived the Roaring ’20s, the Depression, Pearl Harbor and the Vietnam War.

Los Altos resident Kiyoko Kaneko, known as “Kiyo” to friends, turned 100 Sept. 3, celebrating a century of milestones in American history. Kaneko recalled watching from her house near the base as planes bombed Pearl Harbor.

“Nobody knew what was happening,” she said.

Approximately 80 friends gathered in the Fellowship Hall at The Terraces at Los Altos on Pine Lane last month to commemorate Kaneko’s life and enjoy cake and sparkling wine and cider.

Terry Morrison, director of admissions at The Terraces’ health center, thanked Kaneko for bringing “her rich history” to the community.

“You have given us so many gifts,” she said.

Fellow Terraces resident Yoshiro Befu, who knew Kaneko’s brothers, recalled the entire Morey family.

A second-generation Japanese American, Kaneko was born in 1911 in South Pasadena, where her parents were prominent in the community. Her father owned a dry-goods store in Japantown in Los Angeles. After graduating from high school, Kaneko found “feelings were very high against the Japanese,” as the nation was in the full throes of war hysteria. Thinking it would be hard to find a job in the U.S., she traveled to Japan, where she attended a two-year teachers’ college, majoring in home economics. Her father spent some time in a Japanese internment camp after the police picked him up off the street – the family didn’t immediately know what had happened to him.

Kaneko met her husband, a Japanese American dentist from Hawaii, through family friends, and the couple settled in Hawaii, where they had four children: Caro, Paul, Mary Ellen and Glen. Her husband passed away at the age of 45. Her two daughters, Mary Ellen and Caro, who live in Sunnyvale and Fremont, attended the birthday party.

Asked to what she attributes her long life, Kaneko said she is often asked that question.

“The only answer I can give is to choose your parents very well,” she said – Kaneko’s father lived be 100 as well.

Cathy Jensen, The Terraces’ lifestyle director, told party guests that Kaneko has lived so long because she has been active, even joining an exercise class recently.

Kaneko’s daughter, Mary Ellen Chafey, confirmed that her mother has always been active, even snow skiing until she was 79 years old. Kaneko worked in a pediatrician’s office, on her feet every day, to support her children, Chafey said. In addition, she credited her mother’s desire to “keep learning” new things for her long life.

Kaneko loves fruit and vegetables, and has always eaten healthful foods, Chafey added.

Kaneko has lived at The Terraces, formerly Pilgrim Haven, since 2002, and only recently moved from an independent apartment to assisted living, Jensen said.

“Kiyo has made many close friends here both among the residents and the staff members,” Jensen said. “She is a delightful conversationalist and is friendly with everyone.”

After several Terraces residents paid tribute to her, Kaneko accepted birthday wishes as she wiped tears from her eyes.

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